The budget approved this year was 's request.
Measuring presidential budget success
The amount the federal government is allowed to spend in a given year typically begins with a president's budget request to Congress. The eventual total can differ from those in the president's budget for one of two reasons. One is opposition from Congress, which might push for higher or lower spending. The second is that emergencies like, say, the Korean War or Hurricane Katrina can push up expenditures beyond what anyone could have predicted. This chart shows the percent difference between presidential requests and spending enacted in a given year since 1945.
The political situation:
- Republican President and Congress
- Democratic President and Congress
- Republican President, mixed-party Congress
- Democratic President, mixed-party Congress
- The president was one party and both chambers of Congress were the other party
▲ More than requested
Less than requested ▼
Note: Years in this graphic indicate the calendar year when budget negotations were taking place, not the fiscal year.